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Did you know you can go diving from your desk? Our live HD Kelp Cam offers multiple views of our famed Kelp Forest exhibit. The views change randomly every minute except when there is a feeding show.
Check it out!
©Erik Teetzel 

Did you know you can go diving from your desk? Our live HD Kelp Cam offers multiple views of our famed Kelp Forest exhibit. The views change randomly every minute except when there is a feeding show.

Check it out!

©Erik Teetzel 

Planning to visit this Martin Luther King weekend? You never know who’ll you’ll make friends with at the Aquarium! We have special hours Jan. 18-20, 9:30 am-6 pm (9 am for members).
Plan your visit
©Erik Teetzel

Planning to visit this Martin Luther King weekend? You never know who’ll you’ll make friends with at the Aquarium! We have special hours Jan. 18-20, 9:30 am-6 pm (9 am for members).

Plan your visit

©Erik Teetzel

Some divers call them “ping pong balls with fins.” Their real name is just as good: the Pacific spiny lumpsucker. We just added six to our Kelp Touchpool, hatched behind the scenes earlier this year. 

Some divers call them “ping pong balls with fins.” Their real name is just as good: the Pacific spiny lumpsucker. We just added six to our Kelp Touchpool, hatched behind the scenes earlier this year. 

How Swell!

A days-old baby swell shark is on exhibit in our Kelp Forest. The green-eyed shark is just one of many baby swells that regularly hatch inside the bustling exhibit.

It’s a lucky visitor that gets to see a baby or even an adult; they’re a big hit when they appear during the feeding show. This small (up to three feet), harmless and well-camouflaged shark prefers to hide in rocky crevices during the day, and feeds at night.

We often move young swells from the Kelp Forest to the small exhibits at the nearby touch pool, allowing visitors to get a close look at these beautiful sharks. As they grow, we move some to other exhibits, until they may eventually wind up back in the Kelp Forest exhibit.

We might trade adult swells with other aquariums in return for other species. Some we release into Monterey Bay via a detour into the outdoor Great Tide Pool, where they delight young kids participating in our Underwater Explorers summer program.

The swell shark is named for its unique defense posture. If threatened, it curls into a sharp U-shape, grasps its tail (caudal fin) in its mouth and swallows a large quantity of sea water, swelling to twice its normal size. This behavior makes it difficult for a predator to bite or evict a swell shark from its hiding spot.

 Learn more about the swell shark

What’s it like to be a volunteer diver? This is as close as you can get without getting wet!

Learn more about volunteering at the Aquarium.

Is it a dance? An embrace? No one on staff had ever seen the likes of this recent exchange between a wolf eel and volunteer diver Mike Guardino in our Kelp Forest exhibit. Thanks to visitor Crystal McKenzie for the fantastic video! 

What animals can you identify in our new live HD Kelp Cam? (Now including multiple views!) Let us know in the comments! 
View the cam.
Answers here! 

What animals can you identify in our new live HD Kelp Cam? (Now including multiple views!) Let us know in the comments! 

View the cam.

Answers here

Mealtime can get pretty exciting in the Kelp Forest! We invite your creative caption!
Learn more about daily feedings at the Aquarium. 

Mealtime can get pretty exciting in the Kelp Forest! We invite your creative caption!

Learn more about daily feedings at the Aquarium

People tell us they love these two huge exhibits, which supply diver’s-eye views of the ocean around us. Which is YOUR favorite? 
Vote now via your desktop or your mobile.

People tell us they love these two huge exhibits, which supply diver’s-eye views of the ocean around us. Which is YOUR favorite?

Vote now via your desktop or your mobile.

There have been some strange things going on in our exhibits lately. 
Learn about special events at the Aquarium.

There have been some strange things going on in our exhibits lately. 

Learn about special events at the Aquarium.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day.

For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules and tickets are available on our website or by calling
(831) 648-4800.